Summer colours

By Sarah Redman

This lovely little post contains a few outfits for my friend Georgia’s (of Life’s little Ponderings) 20th birthday!

I am loving this sunny weather and so are my girls. So for G’s birthday BBQ and night out we all chose summer brights for our outfits – sorry there are no full length photos (we may have been more focused on the Pimms than the photos).

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From L to R: Sarah Redman, Alicia Berman (AB), Georgia Plummer (GP)

I wore my new patterned crop top from New Look (Blue Tribal Print Crop Vest £5.99), AB wore a simple red cami from Miss Selfridge, while birthday girl GP wore a yellow tee from ASOS (Petite top in texture £22.00) and stunning a statement necklace from Zara (retailing between £19.99 & £29.99).

My outfit was completed with a nude body con skirt from H&M and wooden chunky heals from Clarks. AB wore a white skort also from Miss Selfridge (Origami skort £30.00) and her shoes were nude heals from Russell and Bromley. GP competed her look with a floral patterned skort from ASOS (Premium skort in bright floral £35.00) and some awesome wedges from Topshop (Wish Buckle Espadrilles Black £42.00). Yes they are on my wish list so I knew them straight away!

How are you styling your looks this summer? Is the brights trend for you? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

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Awesome Etsy

By Sarah Redman

This post is basically a big shout out to my amazing house mate Liesbeth.

Recently she ordered some midi rings off the lovely Etsy and luckily for me she ordered three pairs and decided to give one of them to me!

She went for the buy two get one free deal: two pairs in silver plated and one in rose gold. I went for the silver plated in size US 3.5 as I have been wearing a lot of silver jewellery recently. The delivery on these was great arriving way earlier than expected – so now I’m totally in love with these ring’s shop: Henju Indonesia.

I absolutely love my rings, they are nice and light and very wearable. I also love the swirl design and the fact they are hand made. These rings are great as you can wear them in lots of different ways, showing the design or just the plain side.

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My lovely rings (excuse the nail polish – blame it on the washing up)

Do you like my midi rings? Or have you had a successful purchase off Etsy? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

“That’s one hell of a ring!”

By Sarah Redman

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This my new ring from H&M and yes, it is a bit of a knuckle duster to be perfectly honest. But I love the patterns.

I have been getting so many comments when I wear this, with everyone from my radio lecturer at uni to the barrister in my local Nero’s… and I quote:

“That’s one hell of a ring! How does it even work?”

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That has been the main concern of those commenting – that I could still move my hand, so I will assure you I can and I barely notice I’m wearing it, maybe because I will wear rings like Phoebe from Friends and it won’t bother me – who knows!

Have you been purchasing any statement rings for your Autumn / Winter 2013 jewellery wardrobe? Leave a comment and let us know or Tweet us your purchases @thesarahsblog

Halloween Jewels: Suicide Blonde

By Sarah Redman With Halloween this week many people will be sorting their costumes, some will go big and spend on their outfit, others will have a go at the face paint, but some will stick to the accessories. So … Continue reading

Accessorize

By Sarah Redman

I have loved this accessories giant for as long as i can remember, everything from some of my first pairs of earrings, to school bags, to friends birthday presents – Accessorize has it all.

Now they have a rather lovely brand image for Autumn / Winter 2013 too, with ex-model and actress Tamsin Egerton – you probably know her as Chelsea Parker from St. Trinnians. She takes over where their face of Spring / Summer 2013, Kate Upton, left off. There is a stark contrast between the two campaigns; going from fluorescent brights, bikinis, and flip flops to burgundy’s, navy’s, a touch of taupe and the good old monochrome, back again for Autumn / Winter.

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I love the necklace layering going on throughout the whole campaign, especially those seen in the photo visible across the magazine campaign. Burgundy is my favorite colour so finding two necklaces from Accessorize that tick the statement necklace yet still girly (with a bohemian vibe) box was a complete bonus. I must say they are both most definitely on my Autumn / Winter wish list.

I am also pretty in love with the Mari Tote (£39.00/£34.00), back for another season in many more colours and styles, but once again the burgundy tips it for me!

What do you think of Accessorize’s offerings this season? Have you got a few things on your wish list or will they make lovely Christmas presents? Leave a comment and let us know or Tweet us your purchases @thesarahsblog

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See also:

Add a little sparkle to every day life

Outfits for the Company Blog Awards

Statement necklaces for instant impact

Mum’s the word

By Sarah Redman

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I have always loved my Mum’s style, although sometimes I have steered her in the right direction, but I remember watching her get ready for a night with the girls or a dinner party in lovely dresses, pretty jewellery (which I subsequently raided her jewellery box for) and of course the high heels – no wonder I’m obsessed with shoes, I was just at the right height to raid her wardrobe!
Here she has a great smart casual style going on for dinner with the girls. I love the top and tapered trousers with the summer pumps, a really great take on a smart casual summer dinner look.
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Top – Hobbs
Trousers – Miss Captain
Shoes – Lisa Kay
Jewellery – Triwa (watch) – Dominic Walmsley (rings) – Cohen (Ring)
Glasses – Ralph Lauren
Make up – Clinique Chubby Stick – Grandest Grape 08

Add a little sparkle to everyday life

By Sarah Redman

I love a good pair of earrings: super heavy dangley jewelled ones; feathers; dainty precious ones; gem stones; patterns; hoops, studs, chandelier, drop; all shapes, sizes, and colours – you name it i probably have a pair.

But recently I have just been wearing a variety of larger earrings, whilst i have a large collection of everyday wearable studs (which i like to wear when working as its more practical) I just couldn’t find a pair to wear. So being as i had been working hard I decided to treat my self to a pair (or five!) from Accessorize.

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Stone Square Stud Set (also available in a circular design)

I love these studs, the pack of five gave a variety of colour choice with the added benefit of the square jewelled design.

What is your daily go to earring style? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

End of Summer Final Sales

By Sarah Redman

Its is nearing the end of September, Autumn is officially settling in, the jumpers are creeping out, boots, scarves, you name it – the winter wardrobe is here. That can only mean one thing, the end of the summer sales, okay it may be slim pickings, but the final discounts have been applied and if you are lucky you will get a great bargain! I was recently in Fenwicks and wondered over to their Wearhouse Sale section, there wasn’t much left in my size in the way of clothes, but never one to pass up some new jewellery, i had a quick browse and came up trumps.

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This is my new Graduated Box Chain Necklace – £3.00 (Sale price)

I love it, it is so versatile, yet understated and not too blingy, it also comes in a bracelet form – still available on their website (not in the sale).

(Graduated Box Chain Bracelet – £6.00)

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This is my other purchase, my new Diamante ring – £1.00 (Sale price)

I thought this was a great purchase and have worn it almost everyday since. This ring can be easily stacked with others you already have to great a bolder look or worn on its own for a minimalistic look. It is now available as part of a set on their website (not in the sale).

(Mixed Row Diamante Rings – £10.00)

Have you got any end of sale bargains or do you like these designs? Leave a comment and let us know or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

Prom styling

By Sarah Redman
Now I am having a bit of a moment as i am feeling a tad old, having watched my sister and her friends get ready for their year 11 prom the other evening. But on the upside I though I would share with you how one group of friends can be so diverse in their outfits yet still all look fabulous. So here they are with a glass of Martin Asti #yum all looking lovely:
Prom Photo I asked each of the girls to choose a favourite part of their outfit (and if they couldn’t choose I was quick to tell them what I was loving!) so below are their outfits and my featured favourite bits.
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Grace Redman: Gold bow detail shoes (Forever 21)

It is no secret that the right pair of shoes can make an outfit, this was certainly the case for my sister – we had months of trying to find the right shoes and then the bag to match! But in the end she went for these lovely gold ribbon shoes. I really like these which follow the metallic trends, but are a little different to the usual covered in glitter heels.

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Mimi Marshall: Back detail blue lace dress (Xenia)

I am really loving the low back on this dress, complete with bow detail, I think it is a really refreshing way of showing some skin in an understated sexy way. I also love the pop of colour, very summery, which is a nice difference to traditional prom colours (and great with matching shoes – forget the bag, matching shoes and dress is where it’s at).

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Freya Edwards: Colour block maxi dress (Gas Station)

Whilst this dress is a colour block maxi, which i think is great as it is a bit more daring than the usual prom dress, in the main photo the skirt of the dress does in fact look tie dye. This is thanks to the dappled light coming through the trees in the garden- meaning just by standing in the right place you can work two trends in one dress. Genius!

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Emmi Palmer: Floral bracelet / ring combo (Miss Selfridge)

It is no secret I love a good bit of jewellery, however the whole ring / bracelet combo thing is something i have never really tired! So to see this lovely bracelet give the outfit a little something extra was great, a subtle approach to prom jewellery which i sometimes find a little too blingy for my tastes (and it looks awesome with a champagne glass!)

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Ella Spencer: Navy diamonte back detail maxi dress (AX Paris)

I am absolutely loving how elegant this dress is, I have never bought from AX Paris before but this dress has definitely inspired me to have a look if I need something nice for an occasion. Again this has the great back detail, but this time with navy diamanté across the shoulders.

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Ciara Murphy: Red patient platform ‘Dorothy’ shoes (Call It Spring)

I love the Call It Spring range of shoes and got rather excited when they became available in the UK. I have nicknamed these shoes ‘Dorothy Shoes’ simply because to me they are. I love how shoes can become a statement and completely change an outfit. These shoes are ticking many style boxes in patient and platform – but goodness knows how Ciara managed to walk in the all night!

Have you been to a prom recently or got an occasion coming up? Will you be channeling any of these styles? Let us know and leave us a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

Grace Redman: Dress (Miss Selfridge), Shoes (Forever 21), Bag (Accessorize), Make-up (Bobbi Brown), Tan (Sienna X – shade 8)

Mimi Marshall: Dress (Xenia), Shoes (New Look), Jewelry (Pandora), Nails (Barry M), Tan (Loreal Paris)

Freya Edwards: Dress (Gas Station), Shoes (New Look)

Emmi Palmer: Dress (ASOS), Shoes (Miss Selfridge), Bag (Miss Selfridge), Jewellery (Miss Selfridge), Tan (Tipz’n’Toez)

Ella Spencer: Dress (AX Paris), Shoes (Dorothy Perkins), Bag (Dorothy Perkins)

Ciara Murphy: Dress (BooHoo), Shoes (Call It Spring – Available at Debenhams & ASOS), Bag (Very), Jewelry (Pandora), Make-up (Benefit & Bare Minerals), Tan (Sienna X)

The golden triangle

By Sarah Redman
I haven’t done a ‘What I Wore Today‘ post in a while, so I thought I would share today’s outfit. My outfit is made up of some golden oldies found in the back of the wardrobe / jewellery box.

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In accessorising this outfit has centred around ‘The Golden Triangle’. I’m not a matchy-matchy person, but I am a shoes and jewellery person, so it was only a matter of time before they matched!

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Shoes: I love these shoes, they are the most comfortable heals I own (shown by how battered they are!) these are from the wonderful Clarks. I have always associated this brand with comfy shoes, but last year I really noticed how fabulous some of their pieces are – even if I can’t bring myself to replace these beauties.

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Jewellery: In sorting out my jewellery box I have found these lovely gold triangle matching earrings and necklace from Dorothy Perkins. I got these in one of their end of season sales where all their jewellery is really discounted #Bonus I’m never one for matching jewellery but I love how these pieces have a little bit of quirkiness about them, but are still nice and simple.

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Bag: This is the first preview of my beloved holiday bag. Last year I went to France and completely fell in love with the woven bags sold at the markets (great for carrying all the fresh fruit and veg home… And I have actually done that, but when I wanted stuff for a smoothie from Waitrose!) so this year I finally came to a decision about which one I wanted. They come in all different shapes and sizes, not to mention colours – the stalls always look beautiful. But I decided understated and versatile would be best for me.
Finally, my jeans are this season Gap, whilst my jumper is another oldie but goodie from H&M. This jumper is great it is really comfy and so versatile – H&M have done it again! My nail polish is the new Clinique ‘A Different Nail Enamel‘ in Hi Sweetie. I also thought I would share a little pic of my hair, loving my new hair care routine as my hair is easily styled like this even freshly washed! *new post coming soon*

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Does your outfit ever centre round your accessories? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog